We chat to rock legend Bryan Adams, ahead of his concert at the ASB Arena in Mt Maunganui on Friday 5th January.

UNO./ WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN NEW ZEALAND?

B/ In 1994, at The Super­top at Mount Smart Sta­di­um in Auck­land. I had print­ed out thou­sands of post­cards request­ing every­one write to the prime min­is­ters of var­i­ous for­eign coun­tries. I want­ed them to vote ‘Yes’ to the South­ern Antarc­tic Whale Sanc­tu­ary. I was ner­vous, as I’d left the cards on all the seats and wasn’t sure how it would be received. After the show I went out into the seats and couldn’t fund a sin­gle one. It was a huge suc­cess, so I car­ried on doing it for the rest of the year, try­ing to con­vince oth­er prime min­is­ters. We need to pro­tect whales from indis­crim­i­nate fish­ing. It still hap­pens today, and needs to stop.

UNO./ IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE HAD A BUSY YEAR. HAS IT BEEN A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE, WRITING MUSIC FOR PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL?

B/ Yes, it’s been very busy. I’ve been away from home lots because of the com­mit­ment to this musi­cal. Writ­ing like this is not too far from the lm work I’ve done for films like Spir­it: Stal­lion of the Cimar­ron in 2004, where the songs have to tell the sto­ry. I’ve been work­ing on this for two years and it looks like it’s going to Broad­way in the autumn of 2018.

UNO./ HOW DID IT GO WITH BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AT THE INVICTUS GAMES?

B/ It went real­ly well. Bruce and I talked, ahead of the show, about doing Cuts Like A Knife, and I sug­gest­ed we do Bad­lands, too, as it’s such an awe­some song. You can see the video on YouTube. It’s hot.

UNO./ IN THE PAST YOU HAVE TAKEN SONG REQUESTS ON TWITTER. WHAT WAS THE FAVOURITE REQUEST THAT YOU PERFORMED?

B/ Ah yes. That was for the mak­ing of an acoustic album called Bare Bones, but one of the most mem­o­rable songs I got a request to sing was Roy Orbison’s Run­ning Scared when we were in Europe a few years ago. That per­for­mance used to be on the inter­net, too, but I cAn’t find it.

UNO./ CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM? WHAT’S THE FEELING BEHIND IT?

B/ It’s an album called Get Up, and it’s an album of songs I made with Je Lyn­ne pro­duc­ing. This is the album I wish I’d made back in 1989, as a fol­low up to Reck­less. It feels like it could have come from the same ses­sions. I say that because all of the songs we play from it sound like they have always been in the show.

UNO./ MUCH OF YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY IS PORTRAITS. WILL YOU BE BRINGING YOUR CAMERA TO NEW ZEALAND? DO YOU TAKE PHOTOS WHILE YOU TOUR?

B/ Yes, I always have a cam­era alongside me, but tour pho­tos usu­al­ly end up on my Insta­gram account. My por­trai­ture and fash­ion work is pri­mar­i­ly done in New York and Lon­don.

UNO./ HAVE YOU GOT SOME TIME ON THIS TOUR TO DO SOME SIGHTSEEING IN NEW ZEALAND? WELL TAKE YOU OUT!

B/ Thanks. I’d love that!

5 JANUARY 2018

ASB BAYPARK STADUIM

MT MAUNGANUI

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